Robert Burns

(1759-1796 / Ayrshire / Scotland)

Mr. William Smellie: A Sketch - Poem by Robert Burns

SHREWD Willie Smellie to Crochallan came;
The old cock'd hat, the grey surtout the same;
His bristling beard just rising in its might,
'Twas four long nights and days to shaving night:
His uncomb'd grizzly locks, wild staring, thatch'd
A head for thought profound and clear, unmatch'd;
Yet tho' his caustic wit was biting-rude,
His heart was warm, benevolent, and good.

Topic(s) of this poem: him


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 15, 2014



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